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Wed
18
May

Imposing Weight Limits

At their meeting, the Steele City Village Board discussed the idea of setting weight limits on certain streets in the village in an effort to help the infrastructure.
Carole Bender, citizen of Steele City, stated that she believes having a weight limit on the roads may save the quality of the roads, as well as improve safety since the roads are narrow.
Mayor Tammy Katz explained that many villages are imposing a weight limit of five tons, and that it was an option to be discussed.
Board Member Bill Scheele believes that having a weight limit would not help because there would be no way to enforce it.
Dale Ebeling, another board member, explained that if a weight limit would only work on certain roads and that there would have to be some roads without that limitation.
“I’d consider the off streets; the residential streets,” said Ebeling. “You’re not going to keep all the trucks out of town.”
Wed
18
May

Looking For The Best Use Of Funds

The county is working to determine the best course of action to take when utilizing the money left from the bond on the PWF project, which will begin construction in June, in order to improve the roads in Jefferson County.
At their meeting on May 10, the commissioners discussed the options for the funds with Interim Highway Superintendent Tim Farmer, of Speece-Lewis Engineers. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock asked Farmer about the bond and what he had in mind for projects that could be accomplished with the funds available.
“What would your recommendation be on that $500,000?” Schoenrock asked. “How can we best use that money for the betterment of Jefferson County roads.”
Wed
18
May

The Big Day

Tyler DeBoer, Alfred Davis and Nick Christiansen await their names to be called during Sunday’s graduation ceremony at Fairbury High School.

Wed
18
May

FHS Golf Squad Rims Out Chance At State

The golf season came to a crashing end for Fairbury, as the Jeffs had a rough day on the links finishing 10th out of 12 teams at the B-3 District Golf Meet played Tuesday on the Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.
As a team, Fairbury shot a score of 370, and had no individual qualifiers advance on to the Class B State Golf Tournament next week at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln.
Zach Reikofski led the way for the Jeffs firing an 18-hole score of 89, Robby Meyer came in with a 91, Justin Peterson carded a 92, Nick Christiansen shot a 98, and Anthony Moyer finished with a 106.
Fairbury Jeffs head golf coach Jed Martin was very disappointed for senior Nick Christiansen.
Wed
18
May

Yard Cleaning Reminder

A true sign of spring is the smell of fresh cut grass, children setting up lemonade stands and the City of Fairbury sending out letters regarding tall grass and worthless vegetation to property owners.
Fairbury Police Chief Chad Sprunk explained that 31 letters have been recently sent out to people who have not mowed their lawns and not kept the worthless vegetation in check.
“This happens every year,” Sprunk noted.
After a complaint has been registered with the local health board, the property is inspected and a letter sent to the property owner to have the problem cleared up. If the property owner does not comply, the city will mow the lawn and remove the worthless vegetation. City officials explained that the minimum charge sent to property owners is $200 per occurrence.
Wed
18
May

Many Positives in Fairbury But Perception That Drugs, Run Down Housing A Problem

There’s a lot of good things about Fairbury. Who says so? Members of the Fairbury community itself.
On Tuesday Shawn Kaskie from the Center For Rural Research and Development at the University of Nebraska-Kearney reported findings of this past winter’s community assessment survey to members of the Fairbury City Council. In his presentation he noted that 89 percent of the population returned survey questions about the community and the responses were largely favorable.
“Fairbury is a unique community in that we have done a needs assessment survey on three occasions and the people here are engaged, involved and want to make your community a better place to live,” he said.
Kaskie said that Fairbury received very high marks for excellent city services such as law enforcement, fire protection and utility services. He also said that more younger and professional people are moving to Fairbury because of job opportunities and the “small town atmosphere.”

Wed
18
May

Do You Smell Something?

At approximately 5:05 p.m., The Fairbury City Fire Department received a call that there was a potential gas leak in the basement of a house located in the 800 block of Third Street. Officials searched for anything that could have been the source of the odor and determined that there was not a leak, and that there was no danger. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
18
May

Carnival Of Love

Last Wednesday Gardenside Long-Term Care facility held a special carnival for residents, employees and families. Some of the prizes included hugs from local helpers. Tiffany Pfaff gives Eugene Musil a hug and kiss during one of the many carnival games. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
18
May

Volunteers Needed For Garden Project

Seeds of Hope Youth Garden: Volunteers are needed to assist with a gardening project. The Fairbury Elks Lodge is partnering with the FYI Center Youth Garden and the location is south 6th Street between D and C Streets (the old Trindel Service Station).
The project is geared to teach youth to prepare, plant, maintain, harvest, preserve and store the fruits and vegetables grown over the summer.
If you wish to volunteer, come to the Garden on May 20, at 2 p.m. to share your knowledge. Any questions, please contact Barb Schmidt at 402-729-5947 or Jim Schroeder at 402-729-3350.

Wed
18
May

Swing, Swing, Swing

Morice Costello+4 played Polka at the VFW on Saturday night. Elmer Nemec of Crete sings and plays a polka favorite in Czech. (Photo by Fred Arnold/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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